The August 10th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Richards officially gets the call, Scioscia getting Manager of the Year buzz, the Angels are ready for Mark Trumbo to take on a bigger role in the lineup and much more...
The Monkey Says: This confirms what Keith Law tweeted Monday night and I must reiterate how much I agree with this decisions and how glad I am tht thy are leaving the door open to him sticking in the rotation if he impresses. Some folks have expressed concern about having him make his debut in "big, scary" New York City, but I tend to think that is overblown. If a guy is too weak mentally to handle that big stage, he probably isn't ever going to succeed anyway. To make room for Richards, the team has optioned Horacio Ramirez back to the minors.
The Monkey Says: You know, I hadn't really thought about it until now, but Scioscia has a great shot at the award, especially if Cleveland goes into a tailspin and finishes the season under .500.
The Monkey Says: Really? You think the team leader in slugging percentage, homers and RBIs is ready to bat somewhere other than the bottom third of the order? What a novel idea!
The Monkey Says: That isn't a good club to be in.
The Monkey Says: Shoemaker has always had good strikeout and walk numbers, but this is the first year he has limited hits so well, so we will have to wait and see if he can keep this up when he jumps from pitcher-friendly Arkansas to hitter-friendly Salt Lake, whenever that promotion comes his way.
The Monkey Says: Wing was the Offensive Player of the Month, while Ramirez won Defensive Player of the Month. Both players are in High-A ball with the Inland Empire 66ers. Congrats!